[ sahy-an-uh-mid, -mahyd, sahy-uh-nam-ahyd, -id ]
/ saɪˈæn ə mɪd, -ˌmaɪd, ˌsaɪ əˈnæm aɪd, -ɪd /

noun Chemistry.

a white, crystalline, unstable, deliquescent solid, CH2N2, usually produced by the action of ammonia on cyanogen chloride or by the action of sulfuric acid on calcium cyanamide.
(not in technical use) calcium cyanamide.


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Words nearby cyanamide

Also cy·an·a·mid [sahy-an-uh-mid, sahy-uh-nam-id] /saɪˈæn ə mɪd, ˌsaɪ əˈnæm ɪd/.

Origin of cyanamide

First recorded in 1830–40; cyan-2 + amide Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for cyanamide


cyanamid (saɪˈænəmɪd)

/ (saɪˈænəˌmaɪd, -mɪd) /


Also called: cyanogenamide (ˌsaɪənəʊˈdʒɛnəˌmaɪd, -mɪd) a white or colourless crystalline soluble weak dibasic acid, which can be hydrolysed to urea. Formula: H 2 NCN
a salt or ester of cyanamide
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